Game of Thrones has had a great impact on the cultural landscape, the popular status of grimdark fantasy, and the ongoing debate about what constitutes a “spoiler.” But possibly the most important thing the show has done is help save the Icelandic goat!
Icelandic goats are a particular subspecies, made unique over centuries of selective island-enforced breeding practices. They are either white and horned, or brown and hornless, and they are staggeringly cute. However, because goats are not as popular as cattle and sheep, they’ve been edging closer and closer to extinction over the last century. The goats were nearly dealt an irreversible setback when Haafell farm, home to half of Iceland’s goat population, was threatened with foreclosure. But then a dragon swooped in.